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Riverboats have been a big thing in Europe for a long time, but have not had much of a presence in the U.S. since the 1800s. Back then, they were an important form of transportation up and down the Mississippi River.

The lack of an American industry is partly because of the Jones Act, an old maritime law that requires domestic ships hire only American workers — making riverboat cruises more expensive than most Caribbean ones. But these days, more people are willing to pay the price for a leisurely tour of the Mississippi.

To visualize climate change, think about water

May 4, 2016
JaeRan Kim

With record-breaking drought in the West juxtaposed against deadly flooding in Houston, the water cycle seems to be acting strangely. A new report out by the World Bank says water uncertainty is likely to extend into the future as a result of climate change.

If you've been having trouble getting your uncle or former college roommate to understand how climate change would affect them, you might find water availability to resonate more than atmospheric carbon or starving polar bears.

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We all know about the lumbering, old American cars on the roads in Cuba. But right now, it's very fast cars and motorcycles getting the attention. The latest installment of the enormously successful Fast and Furious franchise is shooting in Havana.

As heroin and opioid addictions continue to spread among middle-class communities, families who never thought they’d face this problem are finding out one simple truth — treating someone for an addiction can be really, really costly. And some are turning to the time-honored method of the community fundraiser.

Andy Uhler

European officials met Wednesday morning, tentatively agreeing that Turks should be allowed to travel in much of Europe without a visa. 

In March, Turkey agreed to help stop migrants crossing the Aegean Sea into Europe. The European Union had agreed to give Turkey €6 billion. Eric Schwartz, dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, said Turkey was in a strong bargaining position.

Cutting prison hepatitis C rates: costly, but worth it?

May 4, 2016

At the prison hospital inside the California Men’s Colony near San Luis Obispo, 75-year-old Floyd Masterson is waiting to pick up some medication. He carries a walking stick in one hand and a pink appointment slip in the other. Like the rest of the inmates around him, he’s dressed in a dark blue prison uniform. He has something else in common with many prisoners: hepatitis C. The disease affects about 1 percent of the country’s population as a whole, but 17 percent of those in prison.

Full interview: Vimeo CEO on helping creators

May 4, 2016
Bruce Johnson

The video-sharing company Vimeo bought a service this week called VHX, which may help creators on its service sell more of their content.  

“Now any creator can essentially launch their own version of Netflix," said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. "[It's] a premium ad-free channel of their own videos at any price they wish, launched anywhere in the world, consumable on any device.”

Sally Herships

Electric car company Tesla is gearing up to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday.


On today's show, we'll talk about the flow of campaign money amid Cruz's exit from the presidential race; visa-free travel for Turks; and the high cost of hepatitis C drugs.

April not a blockbuster month for hiring in the U.S.

May 4, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about April employment numbers; Tesla's future; and fundraising as a way to pay for the high costs of drug rehab. 

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Tesla's place in the automotive world; look at the brief WhatsApp ban in Brazil; and interview the CEO of Vimeo about the company's evolution.

Chinese health and Internet authorities have launched an investigation into Baidu, the country's largest search engine, following the death of a college student who accused Baidu of misleading him to a fraudulent cancer treatment.

Experts believe the scandal will damage the credibility of Baidu's search results, and its long-term economic prospects.

On Monday, news of the government investigation caused Baidu's stock to tumble by nearly 8 percent on the Nasdaq.

It's about 6:30 in the morning at a Starbucks near Santa Monica beach, and David Rodriguez Ordunez is checking Facebook while charging his phone.

He's one of 44,000 people living on the streets in and around Los Angeles — and he's one of three homeless people at the coffee shop this morning.

"Since there's Internet here, that's mainly one of the purposes. I've usually got to find locations to actually have access," Ordunez explains.

Why Starbucks instead of the library? "Well, the library opens like at 10 o'clock or something," he says.